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How far can I OC my CPU with water cooling?

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I'm planning on buying this, Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R120 Water Cooling Kit (RL-MUA-EBU1) but how far can I OC it? PC Magazine gave it an 9/10 for Ease of Installation and they OC'd a 3.6 to a 4.12 P4 GHz.
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Well some peaple have been able to overclock a 3.6 to well over 4.0 with only air.
But almost always your gonna get better results with any kind of water cooling.
Anyways you should be able to pull 3.6ghz out of your CPU fairly easy, and even more if your lucky. The only real way to know is to find out first hand.
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PC Magazine? That mag sux. Last time I red that was back in 2004, bought 3 issues and that was it, I couldn't their reveiws/crap anymore.

If you do feel like you want/need water cooling, the CoolerMaster is not a very good inexpensive choice, but rather try Thermaltake Silent Water All-in-One Water Cooling Kit, which it performs better than the CM Mini kit.

I considered the Aquagate Mini but decided to do some research and the one thing I don't like it about is that the water pump is in near the CPU, actually onto the CPU which is not a good thought. The TT Silent Water as the pump under the RAD which is better IMO, plust it has more copper parts than the Aquagate Mini. And relatively the same price.
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I can easily pull of 3.2 with stock cooling but I'm looking for a Water Cooler in which I can refill easily and I can install easily. The Aquagate you never have to refill is which I like about it.
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The overclockability (word?) is accually luck of the draw. Some chips are just better at overclocking than others. It has to do with the manufactoring of the chips in the big waffers.
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In all reality you can overclock your CPU until one of two things happen or both:
1.) Your idle and load temps are too high and you run the risk of frying your CPU

2.) Even if your temps are good you can only push it to your rigs stability point. If you run the standard benchmarks and it keeps crashing or you get post errors when booting then you've gone too far.

All I can say is trial and error, push it to it's limits then back if off a bit till it's stable and your temps look good.

As for the wc system, build your own custom system. I was looking for systems back before I started with wc and everyone told me to go custom and I'm so glad I did, you can buy all the best components from the best makers and have an awesome system that you know every detail of inside and out. (I'm actually in the process of doing a custom made pump and resvoir system, so I'll post some pics when it's done. Should be tomorrow.)
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well mate as some have already mentioned, unless you are absolutely strapped for cash, build a custom wc unit. if u r really cash strapped, collect some money then get a custom unit. really though i have had a pre-built unit, it is not worth the money. you can read all about how to do it at the water cooling FAQ section. as for the overclockability, i agree with Paul. it all depends on what chip you have and how your system performs overall. you cannot pick a figure out of the sky. but of course ppl have done quite oc with similar chips but nothing spectacular u see.
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